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I’ve never really been a fan of the look of magentic nail polishes, but when I saw that Essie made one that looked like snakeskin, I had to try it. To be completely honest, I found the results a bit disappointing, which was surprising because I am such a huge fan of Essie products. For example, the magnetic effect only worked on a small part of the nail (the middle), and the polish dried so quickly that some of my nails didn’t work at all. I tried doing half of a nail at a time, but that just resulted in a weird design rather than the snake print.
Before my final try at achieving the snake design, I scoured the internet for tips, but there was surprisingly little help online. So, I set out to figure out the best way to apply the polish/magnet to get the desired effect. I ended up painting my nails three different times with two separate colors. By the third try, I picked up a few tips and tricks, so hopefully you’ll find these helpful if you want to try out the snake effect polish.
Method of Application:
Start by painting a thin layer on each nail. The formula is pretty thick and opaque, both on the navy (Snake It Up) and the green (Crocadilly), so a thin coat is sufficient. Let dry for a couple minutes.
Now comes the tricky part. The polish dries really fast, so you have to work one nail at a time. Paint one nail, then grab the magnet and immediately place it over the nail. Hold it as close to your nail as you can get it without smudging the polish. Hold the magnet there for a count of 20, then move it ever so slightly back and forth to try and get the sides of each nail. Repeat on each nail, one by one.
Troubleshooting tips and tricks:
-The navy blue (Snake it Up) didn’t really work. Like, at all. It’s definitely getting returned to the store. A lady at Target told me she had a similar issue with the navy, but had better luck with the green (Crocadilly). She was right! The green shade worked much better for me, and I thought the color was prettier than the blue.
-Don’t use a base or top coat. I had reservations about this, because the polishes are dark, so I was afraid they would stain my nails. However, the magnet effect didn’t work as well when I used a base coat, and the top coat seemed to blur the snake pattern.
-After every two nails or so, replace the cap on the bottle of polish and shake vigorously. I found the magnet effect to work much better immediately after shaking the polish around.
-If one of your nails doesn’t work, don’t keep adding layers of polish. It won’t help, and then it will just take 4839 hours for that nail to dry and become un-smudgeable. Instead, just use nail polish remover on that one nail, and start fresh.
-If you have reservations about trying it or spending $12 on a bottle of nail polish, make sure you buy it from a store that will allow you to return it after trying it. A cashier at Walgreens once told me they accept returns on opened cosmetics, so long as you have the receipt and you only used it once or twice (i.e. you’re not trying to return an empty bottle of nail polish).
Even with the technique of rocking the magnet back and forth, the design will really only be concentrated on the center of your nail. I tried every other method of application I could think of, but nothing produced the design on my entire nail.
If you have any tips/tricks to getting this product to work a little bit better, I’d love to hear them! Share them below in a comment or send me an email at SugarAndChiffon@gmail.com.
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